July 20, 2010
Charges Of Judicial Nepotism Result In Reprimand
An aggressively-litigated judicial discipline matter against a Nashville General Session Court judge has been resolved by an agreed order. The order was entered by a majority of judges of the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary.
Charges that the judge was habitually tardy will be dismissed in 90 days if Judge John Brown certifies that "during that period of time [the judge] convened court in a timely manner and has regularly conducted her own docket, except for emergencies or other normal absences." The judge was publicly reprimanded for hiring her daughter as a court officer in violation of judicial rules governing nepotism.
A dissent did not opine on whether the outcome was unduly harsh or lenient, but would conclude that a trial on the merits should be held.
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